We already know the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War official requirements, and the truth is that we have had a huge surprise to see that we will need 250 GB to play it in ultra quality and with ray tracing activated. If we don’t mind sacrificing this technology and reducing the graphic quality (textures) a bit, things will improve a lot, but we will continue to need nothing more and nothing less than 175 GB of free space.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is a generational transition game, and as such it is prepared to take advantage of the latest technologies that will be implemented by PS5 and Xbox Series X, such as ray tracing applied to shadows and ambient occlusion, to which we have already referred, and intelligent rescaling. DLSS 2.0, but at the same time it will have a base “humble” enough to run smoothly on generation consoles.
This reality has been noted in the minimum and recommended requirements, since to move Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War on PC we will not need, far from it, a state-of-the-art equipment. As we can see in the attached image, the minimum to run it is quite low, so much that it takes us to a configuration of 2012, although Activision has not said with what configuration we can move it if we use a GTX 670 or a Radeon HD 7970.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Recommended Requirements: GTX 970 or R9 390
A very affordable standard, since both graphics cards were released in 2014 and 2015, respectively. They have held up to the type quite well, and are still capable of performing well in most current games working with 1080p resolutions, although the latter has aged a bit better and tends to offer higher performance in some cases.
With the recommended settings, we can play in 1080p, medium quality and enjoy a fairly stable 60 FPS. In this section Activision has made a serious mistake, since has assimilated the GTX 1660 Super to the other two graphics cards, when this one is, in fact, much more powerful, so much that it yields a little less than a GTX 1070. It does not look like anything, since it plays on another level.
We also see errors in processor equivalences, since a Ryzen 5 1600X has 6 cores and 12 threads, and a higher IPC than the Core i5 2500K, which has four cores and four threads. Those errors are also repeated in the recommended configurations for ray tracing and for competitive, where they equate the Core i7 8700K with the Ryzen 7 1800X, when the first has 6 cores and 12 threads and the second 8 cores and 16 threads, although the chip Intel offers a higher IPC.
To play with guarantees with ray tracing activated in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Activision recommends an RTX 3070, a graphics card that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time and that offers almost identical performance to an RTX 2080 Ti. We also see errors in the competitive mode equivalences, where to assimilate the RTX 3070 with the GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64, a serious mistake, no doubt.
In short, to play Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War with a minimum of guarantees in 1080p and medium quality you need:
- Windows 10 64-bit updated.
- Core i5 2500K or FX 8350 (closest actual equivalent).
- 12 GB of RAM.
- 175 GB of free space.
- Radeon RX 470-Radeon R9 390 or GTX 970-GTX 1060 3GB graphics card.
Keep in mind that although you meet the minimum free space requirements, Activision mentions that this can be increased with future updates, so make room for the new Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, since it could end up eating a full 240GB SSD even if we do the 175GB install.
Before finishing I remind you that NVIDIA has launched a promotion that will allow us to get Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War for free when you buy an RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 from today until November 10. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War will be available starting November 13 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S-Series X.